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And of course you are! Just don't let him play with you! You may be twenty-one, but you don't know everything. " Hyacinth said fiercely now, "This talk is all about your hating Gerald, Francinc. That's all it is. I can't believe the things you've said. " "I never said I hated him. " Francine glared at Hy. " "There is no comparison, Hyacinth. None at all. We knew each other well. Our families knew each other. We were part of the same community. " Hy kept looking at those tiny vertical lines between her mother's delicate eyebrows; they were the only lines to mar her perfect skin.

Pretend you never heard anything, and go about your business. " "And you'll say yes? " "Of course I'm sure. " This observation, coming from this particular mother- in-law, astonished Hyacinth. " This was spoken with a wry smile. "Still, perhaps you should think about what she said. " For the first time ever, Hy was receiving no comfort here, where she had expected to find agreement and indignation on her behalf. "You're annoyed with me, Hyacinth. " . "Cheer up. The sky hasn't fallen. " The old-fashioned cliches, usually rather amusing and endearing, were at this moment neither.

Hy gave it a title: Woman with Silver Bracelets. For all her modern dress and manner, she also had the poise and polish of what Sargent would have labeled Portrait of Francine. "My goodness, what a beautiful table! And the chicken dish-it looks like your mother's, Jim. " "No, Granny's. " "Well, this is a feast. " Loquacious as always, Francine spoke brightly, gliding from one topic to another, certain that they were waiting to hear her. "I don't believfc it's been two years since Tom's wedding.

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